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Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

WINDIES CELEBRATE

Sports: Some excellent all around performances from Andre Russell, who bagged three wickets for 33 runs from eight overs and scored 42 runs from 13 balls which included three fours and four sixes. West Indies scored 310 runs for six wickets off 50 overs after they were sent in to bat. Comment.

The British are coming!

Sports: The British are coming! That’s a familiar cry that has been part of American history. In fact, the Brits have always been coming and never really stopped: there were the Pilgrims, the Beatles, then droves of soccer administrators and players, and now here comes Sky Sports. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Williams tops Lions’ scorers

Sports: Sophomore Keith Williams is one of the key holdovers from last year’s Bishop Loughlin’s basketball team that competes in the Diocese of Brooklyn division of the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association. Last year, the Lions just fell short of winning the Intersectional title, and advancing into the State tournament. They lost to a better Christ The King squad in the finals. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Windies self-inflicting blow

Caribbean: West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has described as “a self-inflicting” blow, the decision by the Clive Lloyd led selection panel to omit Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo from the region’s side for Cricket World Cup 2015 currently underway in Australia and New Zealand. Comment.

Windies self-inflicting blow

Caribbean: West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has described as “a self-inflicting” blow, the decision by the Clive Lloyd led selection panel to omit Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo from the region’s side for Cricket World Cup 2015 currently underway in Australia and New Zealand. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

RED BULLS GEAR UP

Sports: The New York Red Bulls are in Bradenton (Fl.) readying for the upcoming season with new coach Jesse Marsh, his staff and several new trialists. According to news from the club, among the new faces in the hunt for a roster spot is a very familiar one in Jamaican international and former Red Bull, Dane Richards. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Simmons to ‘bat’ in court

Caribbean: West Indies opening One-Day batsman Lendl Simmons is now faced with a legal battle after he was sued for allegedly sharing intimate photographs of a woman with whom he was involved in a brief romantic relationship. Comment.

All-star a success

Sports: Basketball on a different caliber and set up recently came to New York City during all-star weekend, culminating with the National Basketball Association all-star game, hosted by Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks, on Sunday night. Basketball buffs were also treated to two previous days festivities, hosted by Barclays Center in Brooklyn home of the Brooklyn Nets. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

WICB elections set for March 7

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WIBC) will have its elections on March 7, 2015. President of the WICB Whycliffe Dave Cameron will be running for re-election and his running mate is Emmanuel Nathan. Former West Indies fast bowler Joel Garner will be challenging Cameron for the position. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

AFRICAN CHAMPION

Sports: It is said that the elephant has exceptional memory, and The Elephants of the Ivory Coast reminded us of this last Sunday in Equatorial Guinea. After winning their last African Nations Cup title against the Black Stars of Ghana 23 years ago, The Elephants conjured the old memory and beat Ghana’s Black Stars again on penalties, this time 9-8, to win the 2015 African Nations Cup Championship, their first since 1992. Comment.

Vaughn College romps easily

Sports: Basketball is a sport followed by all types of athletes whether they be by the young or old. The fans, competitors, and/or the staff personnel whether they reside in the met tri- state area or in various parts of the United States, Caribbean, Canada or even overseas compete in this activity in it on some level. Comment.

Narine opts out

Caribbean: West Indies mystery-off spinner Sunil Narine has opted out of the upcoming World Cup in New Zealand and Australia. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

Benn’s selection a bad choice

Sports: Left-arm spinner, Sulieman Benn should never have been selected for the World Cup in Australia starting this February, instead Jermaine Blackwood should have been in the squad to enhance the batting. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015

Calls to make former Vincy netballer sports ambassador

St Vincent: When St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves announced the 2014 Sports Ambassadors, during the country’s independence anniversary military parade last October, many nationals in the Diaspora expressed consternation that arguably one of the better, if not the best, netballers in the nation’s history was omitted. Comment.

AGUDELO RETURNS TO MLS

Sports: After one year in the wilderness, U.S. national team forward and New Jersey native, Juan Agudelo, is returning to his old team the New England Revolution in MLS. The forward left the Revs after the 2013 season for chance to play in the English Premier League, which turned out to be futile. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

Garden to host star attraction

People: The last time a basketball all-star game was held at Madison Square Garden was in 1998 when capacity crowds turned out to watch the likes of Kevin Garnett and Michael Jordan. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

MEXICO, USA PREVAIL

Caribbean: Last Saturday, Jan. 24, was a crucial date in the CONCACAF Under-20 men’s soccer tournament in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Group A winner Mexico came up against Group B winner Panama in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 championship, while the USA was in a must-win battle against El Salvador for a berth in the FIFA Under-20 Men’s World Cup slated for New Zealand next summer. Mexico and the USA prevailed. Comment.

Dacres seeks County final

Sports: Malik Dacres, a senior at Lawrence High School, is thinking about attending Monroe College in Westchester County, because, as he puts it ‘it has a good program.” He also recently said that if he goes there it will be for four years come this fall. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Trinidad & Tobago wins Nagico Super 50 Final

Sports: Hard-hitting batsman Jason Mohammed slammed a swashbuckling 117 runs from 132 balls with 11 fours and six sixes for Trinidad & Tobago against Guyana in the Nagico Super 50 final. Trinidad scored 200 for 8 wickets in their 50 overs. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Fastest One-Day 100

Sports: South Africa’s middle-order batsman AB de Villers plundered the West Indies bowlers, scoring the fastest ever one-day hundred and led three other batsmen in triple figures as South Africa inflicted a severe 148-run drubbing on the regional team in the second One-Day International (ODI) on Sunday in Johannesburg. Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015

LIU honors new members

Sports: Off to a 6-11 start after the middle of January, the Long Island University Black Birds did not have many pluses about their team during the current season. Two losing streaks, one by as much as six games, and a brief one of three contests definitely hurt the squad. Yes, they went into the season with a young squad but the results were not as expected. Then they started to improve. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Simmons, Blackwood should be in ODI squad

Sports: In order for the West Indies to show any strength in the five-match One-Day series against South Africa, the selectors must bring in Lendl Simmons and Jermaine Blackwood to create some stability in the middle order. Both Simmons and Blackwood have the talent to come in the middle and restore some stability to the batting. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

A star in the making

Sports: One never knows what can happen in sports! An athlete can start out young and can develop into an all-County, all-Conference, all-State, all-American, and maybe even an Olympian. Take the Open 1,000-meter run for boys in the Friendship Games, the second of three meets on the track and field schedule during the winter with the finals to be held on Martin Luther King Day. Comment.

DISKERUD COMES TO TOWN

Sports: After a week of fans questioning New York City FC’s commitment to fielding a competitive team for its inaugural MLS season in 2015, at the news of marquee player Frank Lampard’s late, mid-season arrival, NYCFC feathered concerns with the signing of U.S. national midfielder Mix Diskerud. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

West Indies middle order must perform

Sports: West Indies middle order batsmen must perform in all categories of the game. Too many low scores have been coming from the West Indies as a result of the middle order collapses. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

Gail top-scores in Twenty20 International

Caribbean: West Indies pulled off the highest run chase in the history of Twenty20 Internationals, to beat South Africa by four wickets with four balls to spare, and clinch a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Johannesburg on Sunday. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

West Indies loses third Test against S. Africa

Trinidad and Tobago: West Indies predictably slumped to their seventh straight series loss to South Africa when they went down by eight wickets on the final morning of the third Test at Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

WINDIES CRICKET FIASCO

Trinidad and Tobago: One of Trinidad’s most senior government ministers who also happens to be a veteran island cricket administrator has torn into the workings of the Antigua-based West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), exposing what he says is a litany of administrative and logistic mistakes that could one day destroy the region’s premier game. Comment.

BULLS LET GO PETKE

Sports: The year is just over a week old but a lot has happened so far in MLS. Teams are making moves among their technical staff, in player personnel via trades and the MLS draft, and in administration in anticipation of yet another very competitive year in MLS. In the biggest news of the eventful week, the New York Red Bulls replaced Head Coach Mike Petke with former Montreal Impact Coach Jesse Marsh. Comment.

Windies cricketers are not aggresive

Caribbean: Despite South Africa topping the chart as the number one team in Test cricket, the West Indies cricketers seem to restrain themselves from playing aggressively. West Indies bowling coach Curtly Ambrose has been working very hard with the bowlers but with the injury to fast bowler Kemar Roach this seems to have affected the bowling plan against the tough South African team. Comment.

Ferguson likes make-up of team

Sports: “We were hoping we would have another season with Rex to kind of show this wasn’t representative of who we really are,” said offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson. He made this comment after the final game of the regular National Football League schedule. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Nine-year old breaks record

Sports: Avery Lewis is back with another record! In the Elementary A division of the nation’s largest track and field series for women, the Colgate Women’s Games, Avery Lewis of Friends Central scored a double win in the 55-meter run (7.8) and 200-meter run (30.0). Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015

Fast pace at Colgate Women’s Games

Sports: First time competitors and returning national champions shared the spotlight recently, as the nation’s largest track and field series for women, the Colgate Women’s Games returned to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Standing room only crowds cheered on star athletes from ages seven to seventy, from all over the East Coast as they set a fast pace for the opening of the indoor season; and Friday night’s High School meets ran long as participation in the High School Shot Put swelled to double the average number of participants. Comment.

CONCACAF AWARDS PLAYERS

Sports: It’s that time of the year when we reflect on the accomplishments of athletes in myriad areas of sports and reward them for their stout play during the past 12 months. A week ago CONCACAF (The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football), the governing body for soccer in this region, released its list of top players whose performances last year left us lifelong impressions. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015

Shared blame for aborted tour

Caribbean: The high-level Task Force commissioned with investigating the ill-fated recent tour of India says the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and West Indies players were all at fault in the controversy. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

Getting ready for summer

Sports: Walking in the streets of lower Manhattan a day after Christmas there were many kids and even adults waiting their turn to get onto the West Fourth Street public basketball courts. Some of them found time to their liking and waited for their turn to go onto the very popular location. And the weather cooperated as it was rather sunny and warm. A workout outdoors was fine to many of the cagers instead of them finding a inside gym. Comment.
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